Thousand Oaks bar shooter was Marine Corps veteran

Matt Saintsing
November 08, 2018 - 10:41 am

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Ian David Long, 28, has been identified by Ventura County Sheriff’s Department as a Marine Corps veteran, who used a legally obtained .45 caliber Glock to at least 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. 

He served in the Marine Corps from August 2008 until March 2013 as a machine gunner reaching the rank of Corporal, according to Defense Department records. He deployed once to Afghanistan from Nov. 2010 to June 2011. 

"The Marine Corps its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless tradgedy," the service said in a statement. 

But Marine Gen. Robert Neller, the Corps' Commandant, was more harsh. 

"We’ve had several contacts with Mr. Long over the years, minor events, a traffic collision,” said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. 

He continued, “He was a victim of a battery at a local bar in 2015. In April of this year, deputies were called to his house for a subject disturbing. They went to the house, they talked to him. He was somewhat irate. Acting a little irrationally, they called out our crisis intervention team, our mental health specialists who met with him, talked to him and cleared him.” 

A VA spokesperson tells Connecting Vets Long "was not enrolled in VA health care at any time." 

Those killed Wednesday night include Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year law enforcement veteran who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Helus entered the bar just after the shooting at around 11:20 p.m. local time. 

Dean called him a “hero” who “went in to save lives, to save other people.” He added that the 54-year-old was set to retire next year.

Task & Purpose later Thursday confirmed 33-year-old Dan Manrique, a former Marine, as one of the victims. He was the head of a veterans non-profit Team Red, White & Blue.

Investigators are working to identify all the victims, but Dean said most of the victims ranged from 19 to 25-years-old. 

When police got on the scene, Long, who was wearing a hood and dressed in all black, was found dead. Authorities believe the shooter killed himself. 

The Glock .45 handgun was the single weapon used. The weapon typically holds a 10-round magazine, and an additional bullet in the chamber, but Dean said used an extended magazine. 

Despite having previous contacts with law enforcement, Dean said did not know the shooter's motive or any connection he had to the bar. 

The Borderline Bar & Grill is about an hour north of Los Angeles and Wednesday nights are advertised as “Country College Night,” according to its website. 

This is a developing story, check back for more information. 

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